How to Make a Kite
The winds are blowing, the skies are blue, it’s a gorgeous day and the perfect time to fly a kite. Except, you don’t own a kite. You don’t have to! You can make your own with our How to Make a Kite tutorial with an everyday kitchen trash bag!
What’s really great about the way we’re showing you How to Make a Kite is that while you can use dowels to build the structure of your kite, you can also instead use sticks from your backyard. This is a craft that could could essentially be free! A free kite!
Other than the trash bag and wooden dowel or sticks, to make a kite you will also need fishing line, kite string, ribbon, and markers for decorating.
How to Make a Kite
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- 1 Trash Bag
- 2 Sticks or 1 Wooden Dowel
- Fishing Line
- Kite String
- Sharpie markers (not fine tip!)
Open your trash bag up and cut across to cut off the drawstring. Cut down the two sides to make it one long sheet.
I used a wooden dowel that we purchased at the store. It was long, so I cut it to make two pieces. If you don’t have a dowel or can’t find one, you can always find sticks.
Place the wooden dowels to form ‘t’ shape. Use fishing line to secure them together.
Trace a kite shape around the dowels. Cut it out.
Fold up the corners around the dowels.
Secure in place with fishing line. Repeat on all 4 corners.
Flip your kite over. Cut two small holes where you see the ‘x’ shapes in the photo.
Tie a piece of fishing line through the plastic to the dowels.
Tie the kite string to the center of the string you just tied above.
Tie a long ribbon kite tail to the bottom dowel of the kite.
Decorate! We used Sharpies to color and decorate. Stickers would also be a great option!
Looking for more ways how to make a kite? Check out this DIY Kite using paper that also has a free printable. And be sure to find more fun summer crafts and activities at Our Kid Things!